Hicks Car Works reports that Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453, one of the few post-War interurban cars built (until South Shore Line and Philadelphia Suburban did so commencing in 1983), will be joining the collection at Illinois Railway Museum.
We still need to restore the 453. At a minimum, we will want to hire a professional to sand-blast and repaint the exterior to match the other steel cars. We are in the process of applying for a matching grant to make this possible, and so we would ask you to hold off on any more donations to the 453 at this time. Once we have made a more detailed determination of what needs to be done, and applied for the matching grant, further contributions may be worth much more.
Stay tuned. The car is operable, and will be coming from Electric City in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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